Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) internship program, administered by Americans for the Arts and national partners, matches undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and business mentors, to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer. In 2020, the nationwide, competitive selection process will grants paid, ten-week-long internships in Nashville, New Jersey, and New York City.
To ensure an immersive and well-rounded experience, the summer includes:
- Work placement at an arts nonprofit in one of three national locations.
- $4,500 pre-tax summer work stipend and an additional transportation supplement
- 40+ hours of professional development workshops, facilitated discussions, and site visits through DIAL.studio Fridays
- A private sector mentor
- A national intern cohort + robust alumni network
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DIAL 2020 Applications will open on December 10. Mark your calendar and please check back soon!
Choose to apply to one location and indicate in your application which other locations you’d consider. You must apply via the application of your first-choice location (i.e. Nashville, New York City, New Jersey). You have the option of being considered for any/all locations without completing another application. Please note that by selecting additional locations, you are consenting to be placed in any of your selected cities. Location preferences will not be taken into consideration. Each intern will receive a standard summer work stipend and transportation supplement but transportation and housing options are different in each location. You are responsible for finding your own housing and for travel to and from the final location.
DIAL: Nashville (5 internships) | Immerse yourself in one of the most culturally rich cities in the country.
Nashville might be known by its world renowned music scene, but this city in the South is a cultural hub that supports and appreciates all intersections of the arts. An internship placement at an arts and cultural organization in Nashville, Tennessee will be an experience to learn about the cultural landscape, community building, and supporting its growing population. Selected interns will have the opportunity to work for small and mid-sized arts organizations and learn about the broad range of cultural institutions in the region. This internship is perfect for those who envision learning about arts and cultural engagements in growing cities, and are eager to explore the city in all its vibrancy!
Local Arts Coordinating Agency: Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts and Culture
Transportation: $300 stipend, plus WeGo transit card
DIAL: New Jersey (5 internships) | Connecting artistically and culturally diverse voices. The full package arts internship.
New Jersey is one of the most ethnically, geographically, and linguistically diverse states in the entire country with an arts ecosystem to match. An internship in New Jersey, with a placement in either the southern half of the state, means a front-row seat to local, regional, and state arts issues as well as inside access to the dynamic arts culture in South Jersey. DIAL: New Jersey will feel both intimate because of the state’s relatively small size and expansive, because of the broad spectrum of people and cultural communities. This internship is perfect for versatile and curious intern who will appreciate a birds-eye-view of state level policy and the breadth of the arts in New Jersey.
Local Arts Coordinating Agency: New Jersey State Council on the Arts
DIAL: New York City (12 internships) | Dive deep into internal business operations in an internationally-relevant cultural scene.
New York City defines a thriving arts and business metropolis. An internship placement at an arts and cultural organization in one of the five boroughs would give you a local experience in an international arts hub. Selected interns will have the opportunity to work for small and mid-sized arts organizations and make innovations inside individual business units of cultural organizations while learning about a wide range of arts organizations and roles across the five boroughs. DIAL: NYC is the largest cohort and is hosted by Americans for the Arts-New York. This internship is perfect for those who envision a future making innovations inside arts institutional systems and are eager to make the most of the inexhaustible cultural offerings, smells, neighborhoods, and train lines.
Local Arts Coordinating Agency: Americans for the Arts – New York
Transportation: Unlimited travel Metro cards
DIAL: Des Moines (Alumni City)